Many states and local jurisdictions will increase their minimum wage in 2016. No increase will be made to the federal minimum wage. Click the link below for a chart that lists the jurisdictions where increases are to be effective in 2016 and the corresponding dates.
The listed wage rates do not include minimum wage rates for tipped employees, which may vary by jurisdiction. You should check with your local counsel about such rates and any requirements that must be met in order to take advantage of the lesser rates for tipped employees. The federal minimum wage will remain at $7.25 for 2016. However, federal contractors must pay a minimum wage of $10.15 to those employees working on contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2016 (an increase from $10.10). Feel free to contact the authors or another experienced employment lawyer from Conn Kavanaugh for additional information.